In Bogala, Sri Lanka, the Bogala Graphite Mine has recently made history by introducing an extraordinary underground restaurant. This remarkable dining establishment, the first of its kind in the country, is located an impressive 410 feet below ground.
With a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1865, the Bogala Graphite Mine has gained a stellar reputation for exporting high-quality graphite to countries such as Germany, Japan, India, and Pakistan. This has significantly contributed to Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange earnings.
At present, the mine reaches a depth of 476 meters (approximately 1585 feet), and at 124 meters (410 feet) below ground, visitors will encounter the remarkable Dona underground restaurant. Located around 150 meters from the mine’s river, this unique dining establishment can accommodate up to 15 guests at a time, providing an unforgettable dining experience surrounded by the mystique of the graphite mine.
What sets this restaurant apart is not only its location but also the opportunity it offers to witness the mining activities taking place nearby. Guests can observe dedicated workers extracting graphite while enjoying their meals. To enhance the experience, several dummies have been strategically placed to provide a glimpse into the mining process.
The administration of Bogala Graphite Mine has gone above and beyond by granting permission for visits to the mine, specifically targeting children over 14 years of age and students appearing for the GCE A/L exam. Recognizing the educational value and unique experience it provides, authorized individuals are also welcome to explore the mine and dine at the underground restaurant.
This new venture not only showcases the innovation and vision of Bogala Graphite Mine but also provides a truly remarkable destination in Sri Lanka. Combining exquisite cuisine, breathtaking surroundings, and insights into mining operations, the underground restaurant at Bogala Graphite Mine offers a one-of-a-kind experience.